Stephen Gilligan, PhD

Keynote: When Buddha, Freud, and Erickson Talk: Different pathways of therapeutic change.

It has been suggested that one of the most interesting conversations of our time is between Freud and Buddha; that is, the Western emphasis on personal development and therapy as a path for happiness, and the Eastern emphasis on the spiritual and mindbody traditions that allow higher consciousness beyond ego identification. A third approach is the hypnotic healing states pioneered by Milton Erickson, which in many ways are able to do both at the same time. This presentation explores Dr, Gilligan's "Generative Self" model for integrating these different approaches into a unitary model that suggests when and how to "go beyond" the problem, when and how to "work through" (i.e. transform) the problem, and when and how to use both in a complementary manner.

Presentation: The Three Positive Connections for Generative Change.

Psychotherapy is an exploration of how individuals can forge positive, therapeutic responses to life challenges. This talk focuses on the three core connections that allow clients to do this: (1) Positive intention and goals ("towards a positive future"); (2) Somatic Centering ("embodied presence"); and (3) Field Resources ("positive connections beyond the problem"). The talk will address how in a repetitive problem, all three of these connections are typically absent. More importantly, we will see how clients may be helped to developed and sustain these positive connections while engaging with challenging material - e.g., a past trauma, a present difficulty, or a future possibility. Listeners will be offered various techniques and examples to illustrate this positive orientation to psychotherapy.

Stephen Gilligan, Ph.D., is a psychologist who received his doctorate from Stanford University. He was a major student of Milton Erickson, the great psychiatrist and hypnotherapist. Dr. Gilligan has been extending this work for the past 35 years in significant ways, while also developing Self-Relations Psychotherapy. In 2004, he received the rarely given Lifetime Achievement Award from the Erickson Foundation in honor of his many contributions. He is well-known throughout the world for his inspirational teaching He has published extensively, and his 8 books include the classic Therapeutic Trances, The Courage to Love, The Legacy of Erickson, The Hero's Journey (w/ R Dilts), and the forthcoming Generative Trance. His website is

Stephen does many trainings throughout the world. His July "Trance Camp" in San Diego is one of the highlights of the year, and is attended by participants from around the world. You can find details of these trainings on the website, along with his blogs, interviews, publications, and books and tapes for sale